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The CSAC Bulletin for June 30, 2016
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June 30, 2016

In this Issue


Top Headlines
 - Governor Signs Main Budget Bill
 - Assembly Approves "No Place Like Home" Trailer Bill
 - Triple-Flip Unwind Final Payment Set for July 7


Policy Reports
 - FAA Drone Rules: State and Local Laws OK
 - NACo releases analysis on new overtime rules
 - State Controller Posts Updated Compensation Information
 - Update on Land Use Planning Bills
 - Online Short-term Rentals Legislation On Hold
 - FCC Update to Broadband Rule Has Policy Implications

 - SB 272 Requirements Go Into Effect on Friday – Are You Ready?
 - Governor Appoints Eighteen County Superior Court Judges
 - Chief Justice Appoints Working Group on Innovations Grants
 - Water Board Wants Comments on Proposed Dredge & Fill Procedures


 - Other Bills of Interest

CSAC News
 - From Our Blog: California Wildfire-Ready, Set, Go
 - 11 California Counties Receive National Honors
 - Check Out the July Courses from the CSAC Institute

Governor Signs Main Budget Bill
Assembly Approves "No Place Like Home" Trailer Bill

With a 62-4 vote of the Assembly, the No Place Like Home program (AB 1618) passed the Legislature today. The measure goes next to the Governor, who has already endorsed the concept to leverage Proposition 63 funding for local permanent supportive housing units.

Earlier this week, the Governor signed the main budget bills for 2016-17 without exercising his line item veto authority. Senate Bill 826, is part of the $167 billion dollar budget package that provides a mix of long-term savings and one-time infrastructure spending championed by the Governor, as well as on-going commitments for youth and families sought by the Legislature. The most recent CSAC Budget Action Bulletin is available here.
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Triple-Flip Unwind Final Payment Set for July 7
The final payment to counties under the “triple-flip” is now underway following the paydown of the state’s Economic Recovery Bonds last year. County Auditor-Controllers and Treasurer-Tax Collectors should have received notice via email from the Department of Finance dated June 30 with the notice and final close-out payment amounts, with including allocation by jurisdiction and actual sales and use tax revenue losses.
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FAA Drone Rules: State and Local Laws OK
There is some good news for local governments that have, or are considering local regulations for drones; small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released final rules for that acknowledge the important role of state and local regulations. The new rules state “certain legal aspects concerning small  use may be best addressed at the state or local level.” The rejection of the federal pre-emption of state and local ordinances represent an important victory for public safety.
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NACo releases analysis on new overtime rules
The U.S. Department of Labor recently finalized a new rule on overtime pay that could significantly impact county payrolls. CSAC weighed in with concerns about this new rule, which increases the salary threshold to $47,476 per year, increases the compensation level for highly compensated employees to $134,004 per year, and creates automatic annual adjustments for the salary thresholds.
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State Controller Posts Updated Compensation Information
State Controller Betty T. Yee on Tuesday updated the “Government Compensation in California” website, which posts compensation data for more than 5,000 public employers in California. Public employers are required to submit compensation data for each employee and elected officials as a result of AB 341 (2015) which amended Government Code §53891 to require complete reports of compensation for the previous year to be submitted to the Controller by April 30.
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Update on Land Use Planning Bills
CSAC removed its opposition to a bill related to the state’s density bonus law this week after securing amendments that would ease implementation for counties.  Under existing state law, residential developments that include specified percentages of affordable to low-income housing are offered higher-level density and other concessions by local governments. AB 2501 is aimed at improving that process.
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Online Short-term Rentals Legislation On Hold
CSAC opposed Senate Bill 133 was pulled from the Assembly Local Government Committee before it could be heard this week at the request of the author, Senator Mike McGuire. This measure would have provided online short-term rental platforms like Airbnb protection from local transient occupancy tax (TOT) or hotel tax collection and other important data sharing requests to uphold local ordinances.
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FCC Update to Broadband Rule Has Policy Implications
The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) recently released sweeping changes to modernize and update the Lifeline for the 21stCentury program, designed to help low-income citizens access broadband. The FCC notes in the new order, adopted on March 31, that their goal is “to make the Commission’s Lifeline program a key driver of the solution to our Nation’s broadband affordability challenge.” The order encourages providers to meet standards, streamlines program rules and obligations, and follows through on reforms intended to combat waste, fraud, and abuse.
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SB 272 Requirements Go Into Effect on Friday – Are You Ready?
Public agencies must begin posting catalogs of their enterprise systems on their websites by Friday, July 1 to comply with the requirements of Senate Bill 272 (Chapter No. 795, Statutes of 2015).
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Governor Appoints Eighteen County Superior Court Judges
Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment of 18 judgeships throughout California’s County Superior Courts. These appointments fill judgeships that were vacant or soon to be vacated by retiring judges.  
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Chief Justice Appoints Working Group on Innovations Grants
Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye has established a Judicial Council working group to develop a competitive grant program for innovative and efficient judicial branch services and programs. The Budget Act for fiscal year 2016–17 provides $25 million for grants to improve access to justice for court users and the public.
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Water Board Wants Comments on Proposed Dredge & Fill Procedures
The State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) is seeking public comment on their proposed Procedures For Discharges of Dredged Or Fill Materials To Waters Of The State (Procedures), formerly known as the Wetland Riparian Area Protection Policy
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From Our Blog: California Wildfire-Ready, Set, Go!
By Chief Ken Pimlott
Wildfires occur year round in California. CAL FIRE has already responded to more than 2,400 wildfires that have burned more than 98,000 acres since the beginning of the year. Despite the rain over the past winter, several previous years of drought have created the potential for a truly devastating fire season this year. As we move into the summer months the risk for wildfires grows. This week, with triple digit temperatures over much of the state, several wildfires are burning in various locations.
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11 California Counties Receive National Honors
Eleven California Counties are being honored in the 2016 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards. Three of those counties – Alameda, Los Angeles and San Diego — received “Best of Category” Awards.
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Check Out the July Courses from the CSAC Institute
We’re officially well into summer, but education is a year-round affair for the CSAC Institute. This month we’re offering courses on tribal relations, communicating complex data, labor relations and inter-generational management, just to name a few. Get more information and register here.
Other Bills of Interest
A roundup of bills from all policy areas of interest to counties that are not included in this week's Bulletin articles.
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Administration of Justice

False Advertising: Substantiation of Claims: County Counsel
SB 1130 (Wieckowski) – Signed By Governor
Chapter 38, Statutes 2016
 
County Jail Milestone Credits
AB 1597 (Stone, M) – Signed By Governor
Chapter 36, Statutes of 2016
 
Construction Contracts: Indemnity
SB 885(Wolk) – Oppose
As Amended on June 16, 2016
 
State Remote Piloted Aircraft Act
SB 868 (Jackson) – Support
As Amended on May 31, 2016

Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources

Well Drilling Bill Pulled
SB 1317 (Wolk) – Oppose
As Amended June 20, 2016

CSAC Supports Stormwater Capture Bill
AB 2594 (Gordon) – Support
As Amended May 19, 2016
 
Pharmaceutical Bill Dies in Committee
AB 45 (Mullin) – Oppose
As Amended January 21, 2016
 
Coastal Commission Bill Amended in Committee
AB 2616 (Burke) – Neutral
As Amended May 31, 2016
 
 
Job Openings
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